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The Doors were a California band, not to be confused with other illustrious groups such as the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane, who also came from the state. While the latter two groups played a mix of Blues, Folk and American music heavy on improvisation, The Doors were certainly their more sinister counterparts. More immersed in Jazz and the Blues blended with Avant garde tinged with improvisation, they were not along for the trip, they were leading the journey with Jim Morrison taking the lead. They had electrified the scene with intense concert appearances as well as playing for mainstream audiences thanks to shows like Ed Sullivan. Amid growing unrest in America over the Vietnam War, they pushed the limits during their summer concert tour that many times led to complete chaos. During September 1968, they made their first trip to Europe for a tour that saw them paired with the Jefferson Airplane…

On September 20, 1968, The Doors played two concerts at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden, and gave permission for both to be broadcast on radio station Radiohuset. The resulting recordings give a prime example of the band at the height of their collective powers and are the source for many bootlegs. On vinyl, the shows have been released as The Beautiful Die Young, (MIW Records 19) featuring parts of both early and late shows, The Complete Stockholm ’68 Tapes (DOORS 68) and deluxe 3 LP set containing both the early and late shows, Little Games (Shotgun Records 13010) that is a mix of both early and late shows.

Relayer67. (2013, November 4). The Doors – From The Ancient Gallery (The Godfatherecords G.R.937). Retrieved from www.collectorsmusicreviews.com

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